Cook It Together

September 26, 2014 / No Comments on Cook It Together
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I drool over the children’s books from DK publishing. I’m crazy about their full color photographs, clear text and interesting topics. Cook It Together, a new DK cookbook for kids, did not disappoint.

Cook It Together, by Annabel Karmel, is 48 pages of cooking goodness. It’s full of great recipes,  fun information, and charming pictures. This great book even contains facts about each of the main ingredients used.

Annabel Karmel takes 10 chief ingredients (tomatoes, corn, potatoes, rice, bananas, strawberries, apples, honey, chocolate and yogurt) and transforms them into delicious dishes. Each recipes is explained step-by-step, with great visuals for every procedure.

Yearning for strawberry cheesecake? How about potato souffle or corn fritters? They’re all here in this book.

The only downside of Cook It Together is the number of sweets the volume contains. 10 out of 21 recipes are for snacks. I love sugar, but that’s a lot even for me!

Nonetheless, for a young cook, I’ve never come across a better book. Cook It Together both inspires and teaches. That’s an impressive combination.

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Faux Feta Experiment

September 25, 2014 / 1 Comment on Faux Feta Experiment
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When I lived in the US, it was hard to locate feta cheese. I often had to try three or four stores before I saw a block. However, when I did find the cheese, it was usually cow feta.  Since cow feta is the only kind I eat, that was fine with me.

Now that I live in the Mediterranean, I find feta every place I turn.  Unfortunately, the only kind sold here is the authentic stuff…sheep feta. Ugh!

Because of this little dilemma, I decided to try my hand at making faux feta.

Faux feta is simply ricotta cheese that is well drained. To make it, a took a small container of ricotta and added a teaspoon of salt. Then, I lined a colander with two cheap, white paper towels. I poured the ricotta into the colander and covered it with two more paper towels. I then placed the colander over a bowl and put  it into the fridge to drain. Every hour or two,  I changed the paper towels, and after about 16 hours I ended up with a firm, salty cheese.

Was the experiment a success?

Yes and no. Yes, because the cheese tastes almost exactly like feta. No, because I was hoping the cheese would be a little harder. Still, all in all, I am satisfied with the finished product.

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Tomato Pesto Sauce

September 24, 2014 / 2 Comments on Tomato Pesto Sauce
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I’m constantly experimenting with pasta sauces, and Tomato Pesto Sauce is my newest creation. To be honest, this sauce wasn’t hard to come up with. How could tomatoes and pesto NOT be delicious together?

Ingredients

1-2 tablespoons good quality olive oil

1 medium can crushed tomatoes

1/3 medium can pesto sauce

1/4-1/2 water

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Combine all ingredients in medium pot. Heat on stove on high flame. When boiling, turn down  flame  and allow to simmer for three minutes. Serve over spaghetti.

So simple, yet so good!

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Lower Fat Deviled Eggs

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Deviled Eggs

source: jeffreyw

I use just a smidge of low-fat mayo to make these eggs. To increase the flavor, I then add a lot of spice brown mustard and black pepper.

Ingredients

6 eggs

1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise (to taste)

2 -3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

pepper

paprika

Directions

Place eggs in a pot of boiling water and cook 15 minutes. Run under cold water to cool. Drain and peel the eggs.

Cut eggs in half, lengthwise.  Carefully, scoop out the yolk and place in a medium bowl.

Add the mayonnaise, mustard and pepper to the egg yolks. With a fork, mash the eggs yolks and combine with the other ingredients.

Carefully, scoop the yolk mixture back into the whites. Sprinkle lightly with paprika.

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Jalapeno Burgers

September 18, 2014 / No Comments on Jalapeno Burgers
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These super yummy burgers only take minutes to make and are nice and spicy… just the way I like them!

Ingredients

1 vegetarian burger

1 roll or pita, split

1 slice cheese

3 pickled jalapenos, thinly sliced

3 thin slices red onion

1 pickle (optional)

Directions

Microwave a veggie burger according to package directions but stop the clock 30 seconds before the burger is finished. Top with a slice of cheese and continue cooking for the last 30 seconds.

Place the burger on the bottom half of a roll or pita and top with the onion and jalapeno slices.

Enjoy the pickle on the side.

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Israeli Salad With Red Wine Vinegar

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source: Joshua Bousel

This is not a classic Israeli salad. Most Israeli salads are made with lemon juice. However,  I prefer a red wine vinegar in mine. If you are not a big fan of vinegar, just use lemon juice instead.

Ingredients

1 cup chopped cucumber

1 cup chopped tomato

1/2  cup chopped red onion

2-4 tablespoons red wine vinegar (according to taste)

1/4 cup olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Combine all vegetables in a large bowl. 

Combine vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper in a small storage container with a lid. Shake well.

Pour the dressing over the vegetables and stir with a fork to mix.

The salad can be eaten immediately or chilled for a few hours.

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Pretty Little Purses And Pouches

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pretty-little-pursesJam packed with 29 proj­ects, Pret­ty Lit­tle Purs­es And Pouch­es, is a del­ic­ious treat for any­one who loves to sew. Each of the proj­ects in the book is a de­light to look at and prac­tic­al to use.  The proj­ects run the gam­ut from very easy to slight­ly comp­lic­ated, mak­ing this book per­fect for both ser­ious and cas­ual craft­ers.

Pretty Little Purses and Pouches is a group effort. The book has projects from 19 different designers. Each of the designers has made a real effort to contribute a truly superb project to this book.

My favorite?

I love dainty little bags (though I usually lug around too much stuff to use them) so I’d have to pick Pocket This by Wendy Gratz. This delicate little purse is constructed from crinkly cotton fabric and heavy satin. It goes around the neck and shoulder and is only about 6 inches wide. Yum!

There is only one drawback to Pretty Little Purses And Pouches. Each of the patterns in the book need to be enlarged before being used. However, with today’s technology even this glitch isn’t much of problem.

Pretty Little Purses And Pouches is part of a new series from Lark Books. Other titles in the series are Pretty Little Patchwork, Pretty Little Cozies and Pretty Little Potholders. I highly recommend the entire series.

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